Just after Matt and Parker stumble across the body of a dead man in the creek, they spot a stranger standing in the shadows and recognize George Evans, the owner of the antique shop where Parker's mother works. Does George have a connection to the dead man?

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  • South Carolina Book Award
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Minnesota)
  • Colorado Children's Book Award
  • Virginia Young Readers Program Selection
  • Utah Children's Book Award



"A combination of crackling language and plenty of suspense, this fast-paced yarn is likely to appeal to even the most reluctant reader."—Publishers Weekly

"Though readers will respond viscerally to the action, what sets the book apart are Hahn's insightful character sketches, especially her portrayal of Matt, whose first-person musings will both entertain and give pause."—ALA Booklist

"Good, well-constructed entertainment."—Kirkus Reviews

ISBN-13/EAN: 978-0-547-24880-6 Trade Paperback

ISBN-13/EAN: 978-0-395-52397-1 Hardcover